Birmingham Crash

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u04pww2

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59 posts

36 months

Friday 15th March
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2 Children dead, Audi S3 drove away from the scene and driver of Bentley continental arrested for dangerous driving.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/liv...


Pica-Pica

4,617 posts

23 months

Friday 15th March
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u04pww2 said:
2 Children dead, Audi S3 drove away from the scene and driver of Bentley continental arrested for dangerous driving.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/liv...
It reads like the Audi and Bentley were racing/vying for the same road space.

thedugmaster

1,003 posts

98 months

Friday 15th March
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frown

buggalugs

8,469 posts

176 months

Friday 15th March
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Doesn't look like the Bentley hit anything so it seems a fair guess he was arrested for being suspected of racing the Audi. Or it might just be a default move by the police?

Have to say I'm surprised two children died in the BMW looking at those pics. Maybe the strength of the car masked the violence of the impact. I'll certainly be checking my daughters seat over later in any case.

Krikkit

14,481 posts

120 months

Friday 15th March
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Perhaps the kids weren't wearing seatbelts? I concurr that it doesn't look that damaged.
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kiethton

10,608 posts

119 months

Friday 15th March
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Krikkit said:
Perhaps the kids weren't wearing seatbelts? I concurr that it doesn't look that damaged.
I'd rather not speculate but that was my first thought. As a bike commuter (motor/push) the number of unrestrained children I see (around South and South East London admittedly) often exceeds the number that are correctly restrained.

gazza285

4,781 posts

147 months

Friday 15th March
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buggalugs said:
Have to say I'm surprised two children died in the BMW looking at those pics. Maybe the strength of the car masked the violence of the impact. I'll certainly be checking my daughters seat over later in any case.
Looks plenty damaged to me. There’s not much to stop a child’s head from moving around in a heavy side impact.

smithyithy

4,226 posts

57 months

Friday 15th March
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Just down the road from me, absolutely tragic.

Pica-Pica

4,617 posts

23 months

Friday 15th March
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gazza285 said:
buggalugs said:
Have to say I'm surprised two children died in the BMW looking at those pics. Maybe the strength of the car masked the violence of the impact. I'll certainly be checking my daughters seat over later in any case.
Looks plenty damaged to me. There’s not much to stop a child’s head from moving around in a heavy side impact.
The correct child seats would have side head bolsters.

Ian Geary

1,471 posts

131 months

Friday 15th March
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Awful news. Devastating for the family to lose kids needlessly.

Re: point about child seats (which were apparently in the car) are often poorly fitted, and having bulky coats on can reduce effectiveness. Not sure airbags will be that useful for kids, especially toddlers.

Coming here from the other thread (bemoaning lack of road policing) i'm not sure this would prevent it, because a) it would end up in a chase situation (so as dangerous) and b) cost would be prohibitive to have police anywhere road racing could occur (it will just move).

The answer will of course be physical speed reduction devices, and more cameras.

Not sure what else will work..education seems to be pointless, other than physically limiting car speeds, which I wouldn't obviously support, (but if I had just had both my kids killed this way, hmmm, I could probably be convinced)

TwistingMyMelon

5,295 posts

144 months

Friday 15th March
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Ive seen a few cars that "dont look too bad" only to find out the occupant has died.

Impossible to tell from pictures

Tom _M

52 posts

9 months

Friday 15th March
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If one child was 10, then probably no child seat of any sort. That road is pretty notorious for bad driving and idiots racing each other. Quite a lot of lights along there too, so tempts some to floor it and try and beat the next set. Is a 40mph dual carriageway affair, with quite a few cameras, but only problem is that they've been turned off to save money, and most of the locals know they're not functional.

Shakermaker

8,237 posts

39 months

Friday 15th March
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Tom _M said:
If one child was 10, then probably no child seat of any sort. That road is pretty notorious for bad driving and idiots racing each other. Quite a lot of lights along there too, so tempts some to floor it and try and beat the next set. Is a 40mph dual carriageway affair, with quite a few cameras, but only problem is that they've been turned off to save money, and most of the locals know they're not functional.
Speed cameras turned off to save money?

Never heard that one before. Certainly goes against the oft-cited belief on here that they are only ever put in place to make money

jet_noise

3,106 posts

121 months

Friday 15th March
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TwistingMyMelon said:
Ive seen a few cars that "dont look too bad" only to find out the occupant has died.

Impossible to tell from pictures
And vice versa...
...wavy screen.
Teenager passenger jet in best mate's Dad's Triumph 2000, best mate at wheel.
Rolls it, car on roof, we crawl out and go in search of civilisation i.e. house or phone box, 'twas in the country.
Return to car and find very relieved looking coppers who had already arrived.
They said from the state of the car they expected to find dead'uns. The car was a write off.

Cliftonite

6,864 posts

77 months

Friday 15th March
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Shakermaker said:
Speed cameras turned off to save money?

Never heard that one before. Certainly goes against the oft-cited belief on here that they are only ever put in place to make money
Is it not more a case of those bearing the expense no longer benefiting adequately from the income generated?


Tom _M

52 posts

9 months

Friday 15th March
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Shakermaker said:
Speed cameras turned off to save money?

Never heard that one before. Certainly goes against the oft-cited belief on here that they are only ever put in place to make money
Depends on area I think. Was mainly due to cost upgrade to digital

Some here

More recent and elsewhere

Older article too, but only around 1/2 of fixed cameras operational Here

Edited by Tom _M on Friday 15th March 13:27

TwistingMyMelon

5,295 posts

144 months

Friday 15th March
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jet_noise said:
TwistingMyMelon said:
Ive seen a few cars that "dont look too bad" only to find out the occupant has died.

Impossible to tell from pictures
And vice versa...
...wavy screen.
Teenager passenger jet in best mate's Dad's Triumph 2000, best mate at wheel.
Rolls it, car on roof, we crawl out and go in search of civilisation i.e. house or phone box, 'twas in the country.
Return to car and find very relieved looking coppers who had already arrived.
They said from the state of the car they expected to find dead'uns. The car was a write off.
Yeah indeed, was going to say same


Dapster

2,984 posts

119 months

Friday 15th March
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BBC Website said:
The crash happened on a road covered by an injunction forbidding people from so-called car cruising.

Prohibited activities include speeding, driving in convoy, racing and performing stunts between the hours of 15:00 and 07:00.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-47582763

What??? Why would an injunction prevent doing things that are against the law in the first place? Presumably you can't speed, race or do stunts at any time?

st4

1,359 posts

72 months

Friday 15th March
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Krikkit said:
Perhaps the kids weren't wearing seatbelts? I concurr that it doesn't look that damaged.
No but the sheer force of the hit could be enough. Utterly terrible driving has no doubt caused this/

Jasandjules

62,166 posts

168 months

Friday 15th March
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23 month old child FFS cry

I hope whoever is responsible for this gets punished to the full extent of the law.